Like most millennials, Greenberg Traurig associate Allison Stewart listens to a lot of podcasts, on topics ranging from music to fashion to business. But she never found a podcast focused on people like herself: women making their way through careers in the legal industry.
“So I just decided that I would start it myself,” Stewart said.
After a bit of online research, Stewart went out and bought two microphones, a mixing board and some headphones and started “Women in Law—On the Record.”
The podcast, which launched earlier this month, is an interview-based show that spotlights women in the legal field.
“We talk about how they got to where they are, what lessons they’ve learned along the way and what they’re doing now to achieve their next goal,” said Stewart, who first joined Greenberg Traurig in Dallas in 2015 as a summer associate.
In its first three episodes, Stewart has interviewed Oakland Athletics assistant general counsel D’Lonra Ellis, Dallas-based startup rewardStyle general counsel Brittany DeGan and Texas litigation boutique Munck Wilson Mandala litigation associate and friend Sarah Lopano.
Producing a podcast can be fairly quick and inexpensive, important considerations for a junior associate.
It takes about 10 minutes to set up the equipment, Stewart said, and she spends about 45 minutes with each of her interviewees.
After that, Stewart records a quick intro and an outro and sends the recordings to an audio editor who helps her stitch everything together. The whole process takes about an hour of her time, she said.
Stewart said the podcast has won fans both inside and outside the legal industry.
“Listeners do want to hear those kinds of stories because they are inspired by them,” she said.
But she’s also noticed that her guests get a lot of satisfaction from the process. “I think this platform really gives them the flexibility to show off their personality,” Stewart said.
In her first episode, Ellis, a former attorney at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer-predecessor firm Howard Rice, tells Stewart about how she came to her current position through a connection she made at a job interview with the San Francisco Giants.
“The more we get to talking, there are these unique quirks about their story, and there are different perspectives on different lessons learned,” Stewart said.
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In her upcoming episodes, Stewart will interview Jacksonville Jaguars general counsel Cassie Sadowitz, Gold’s Gym International Inc. counsel Shelby Angel, and Dallas state appellate justice Elizabeth Lang Miers.
By sharing women’s stories, Stewart hopes that she can motive others to stay in the profession and make their mark on the legal industry.
“I want to inspire women. I want to keep women in the industry,” Stewart said. “I want them to be able to see example after example of success, and that means everything from success in your first five years to success after 45 years.”
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